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Love Buckets for Valentine’s Day

By | Crafts, DIY Projects, Home page - Slider, Valentine's Day | 16 Comments

We have been having so much fun this week, sharing our Valentine’s Day ideas! A yummy dessert, a Valentine Mantel, cute Valentine envelopes and today Amy shared a Valentine mug with a cute chalkboard heart on it.

For many years, I have been putting together Love Buckets for our boys. It’s one of those family traditions that you can never be too old for. I’ve shared our Love Buckets the last couple years, in fact exactly one year ago today I shared the small plastic Love Buckets that I put together.

But this year, I decided to get a little more crafty with these metal buckets.

I just love all the chalkboard inspiration, so I decided to use the directions for making chalkboard labels and give it a shot. Here are the supplies you will need…

Love Bucket Supplies:

  • Bucket – any kind will do, we found this one at Big R Tractor Supply, it was under $4
  • Chalkboard Paint – found in most paint departments, I used a 40% coupon and bought this at Hobby Lobby
  • Labels – you can use any size or shape, I wanted an oval shape on the bucket, so we found Avery Shipping Labels that came in a full sheet, at Walmart

How to Make Chalkboard Labels:

  1. Place label on cardboard, and spray with chalkboard paint – be sure you take it outside, just like with any spray paint
  2. You will need 3-4 coats, letting it dry in between each coat
  3. Then let the sheet dry overnight

  1. Draw your shape on the back of the labels – we used a cookie cutter to make a paper template. Cut it out.
  2. Attach label to bucket
  3. Add words or symbols with chalk – I used the same trick I used on the Winter Mantel Chalkboard
  4. Add a heart for the gift tag – I had some extra hearts left from the Valentine’s Day Garland, so I glued together 3 sizes and tied it on with twine

Now it’s time to fill the Love Bucket

You can of course use anything you like to fill the bucket. I typically buy things for the boys that they “love”, like their favorite candy, books, magazines, toys etc. etc. This Love Bucket is filled with gifts for a girlfriend; some fun Valentine stickers, a magazine, Valentine socks, candy and a pretty necklace. I bought everything at Walmart and spent about $13, but you could certainly spend less.

The other great thing about the buckets is that you can use this idea to create endless organizing and craft projects. I’m seeing a fun project in the future for our office.

Tomorrow it’s YOUR turn to share! Link up your Valentine recipes, crafts, decorating, pretty much any love filled idea you have to the Valentine Party and it will show up on ALL four blogs at the same time! Pretty cool huh?

AND you won’t want to miss the FREE Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! You are going to FLIP out over it!! I also created a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week, and will be pinning your awesome ideas! So follow along and gather some ideas!

Linking to…Show & Tell FridayMade By You Monday, Tips & Tutorial Tuesday, Works For Me WednesdaySaturday SevenSundae ScoopSaturday Night Special

Pink Lemonade Pie for Valentine’s Day

By | Baking, Home page - Slider, Mini Desserts, Pies/Tarts, Tasty Holiday Gifts, Valentine's Day | 124 Comments

I’m super excited to be sharing Valentine’s Week with you all! Along with some pretty amazing gals, Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Amy at The Idea Room, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake, each day will be fun filled with Valentine’s Day ideas and a special giveaway each day.

We are kicking it off with a sweet treat for your Valentine…Pink Lemonade Pie! It’s rich, creamy and a perfect little dessert to finish off a special dinner with your sweetie!

To make these adorable little individual servings, I pressed the Graham Cracker Crust into Wilton heart shaped silicone baking cups, but you could easily make a full pie.

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Pink Lemonade Pie Recipe

A sweet treat for your special Valentine! Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
Adapted from The Prepared Pantry

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 1 full size pie or 8-10 mini pies {with leftovers}

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 1 {8 oz.} package cream cheese, soft
  • 1 {14 oz} can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate, thawed & undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-4 drops Pink Coloring, if desired
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, depending on your taste

Whipping Cream Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Garnish

Instructions

Crust

  1. Combine crushed graham crackers, sugar and melted butter
  2. Press mixture into heart shaped silicone baking cups, or pie plate
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes or until golden brown
  4. Let cool completely

Filling

  1. Pour milk into large bowl, add softened cream cheese and beat until well combined
  2. Add pink lemonade concentrate, lemon juice and Pink coloring, mix well
  3. Spoon into cooled crust
  4. Freeze until firm

Whipping Cream Topping

  1. Pour heavy whipping cream in a large chilled bowl with chilled beaters
  2. Whip on medium speed until cream starts to thicken
  3. Add vanilla and beat on high speed
  4. When soft peaks form, gradually add powdered sugar
  5. Beat on high until stiff peaks form
  6. Add a dollop of whipping cream to pie
  7. Garnish as desired

I bet your sweetie and even your kiddos will LOVE these sweet little Pink Lemonade Pies!

Valentine’s Week is full of surprises! I’m super excited to host the giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. If you are a Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter subscriber, you are certainly familiar with Charlotte’s amazing work! Her Etsy Shop is full of fun printables for just about every holiday and birthday. Remember the Valentine Cupcake Toppers she designed for us last week?

She also has these cute cupcake toppers and wrappers for Valentine’s Day! Now it’s your turn to WIN!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky Hoosier Homemade winner will receive a $25 credit to spend in The Paper Cupcake Etsy Shop

Entries only accepted on this page. Facebook and Twitter entries do not count.

Giveaway will remain open until Sunday, January 29, 2012 at  10 p.m. CST. Winner will be chosen at random, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

REQUIRED ENTRY:

  • Head on over to The Paper Cupcake, come back here and tell us what your favorite printable is

OPTIONAL ENTRIESPlease leave a separate comment for each entry

Don’t forget to follow along every day this week, and on Friday, YOU will have the chance to share your Valentine Ideas too! Each blog will be hosting a linky for you to add your Valentine posts! How cool is that? So get ready…this is BIG my friends! A total of over 30,000 readers will see your ideas! Not including all the Facebook and Twitter fans too!

I also created a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week, and will be pinning your awesome ideas! So follow along and gather some ideas!

Linking to…Ingredient Spotlight

Inspiration Sunday: Amaryllis Flower

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It’s Inspiration Sunday! Have you been inspired by something or someone this week?

Today I have a tale of being committed. Last week I shared our Word of the Year…Committed. We are committed to making our lives better this year, and this Amaryllis has definitely been committed.

Years ago I used to always get an Amaryllis bulb for my birthday, the first week of November, so that the Amaryllis was blooming beautifully for Christmas. Then our financial situation was pretty tight, and even the $5 for the Amaryllis bulb was an extra expense we didn’t need to spend. I was excited this year when I had a little extra money and was able to buy a couple Amaryllis to enjoy.

You are probably thinking, but it’s the middle of January, several weeks past the holidays. Well, that’s where the word “committed” comes in. This gorgeous Amaryllis has definitely been committed to growing and blooming. The second bulb we bought grew and bloomed in no time, but this little guy has taken his time.

When he {I’m assuming it’s a male since everyone else in the house is} finally started to show some buds, I thought it would be fun to take photos each day and show you the progress.

And in 9 days…we have a gorgeous Amaryllis!!

If you are a part of my Facebook community, you may remember when our beautiful Kali was gone. She slipped out the back door without us seeing and she was gone…for 2 months!! We searched, and searched, put up flyers, went to the shelters, pretty much everything. Then on Halloween night, during Trick-or-Treat when we had about 800 kiddos wanting some candy, a gentlemen brought her home. But, I told him it wasn’t Kali. He had her in a carrier and she really didn’t look the same, her fur was different and her head was a lot larger.

But the wonderful man, was also committed and KNEW that she was our lost Kali, called again a couple nights later and we went over to his house and sure enough it WAS her. After being outside for 2 months, she had already put on extra fur for the cold weather and she was so skinny that her head looked really big.

So for today…Inspiration Sunday…two tales of being committed!

Stay tuned for Valentine’s Week…it starts tomorrow!

Chinese New Year Celebration: Recipes, Decorations and Gifts

By | Cooking, Crafts, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Soups | 7 Comments

Chinese New Year is on January 23rd. and according to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. So we thought it would be fun to share some recipes, decorations and gift ideas with you all this week.

On Monday, we kicked it off with a delicious main dish that was perfect for this Chinese New Year Celebration, but easy enough for a weeknight dinner…Orange Mango Chicken. This dish is a must try…your family will love it!

Then yesterday, I shared the cute and oh so fun…Dragon Cupcakes. They were easy to make and could also be used for a child’s birthday party. Today we are sharing how we put the Chinese New Year Celebration together, complete with a fun project for the kiddos {or even you}, the Dragon Puppet. Everyone gets a surprise in the Party Favors, I’ll be sharing those tomorrow.

We found most of the decorations, except a few that I already had in my stash, at Factory Card Outlet. A simple red plastic tablecloth and gold metallic filler covered the buffet.

The red envelopes with gold on them {see them, laying on the buffet?}, I learned from Steamy Kitchen that the envelopes are for gifts for children. You want to add dollar bills, at least $2 and as much as you want, but always in even numbers, as happiness comes in pairs. I printed out and colored the Dragon Puppet, more on him later.

The little take-out boxes were filled with Fortune Cookies, chop sticks, a fan and napkins to match completed the decorations. I bought Chinese Yo-yos for the Party Favors, but they didn’t fit, so I just added them to the Buffet.

Chinese New Year Recipes

Orange Mango Chicken was not only delicious, it really brightened up the Buffet. Oranges, Mandarin Oranges and other fruit symbolize good health, good fortune and happiness and are an important part of a Chinese New Year Celebration.

We tried our hand at Wonton Soup, Doug even made the Wontons himself. They were pretty easy after we figured out the best way to fold them, Doug made a short video showing you how to make them. We are sharing the recipe over at Pocket Change Gourmet today.

And for a quick side dish, skewers with fresh veggies; broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers and leaf lettuce. The dipping sauce is Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and World Harbors Island Mango Marinade {extra leftover from the Orange Mango Chicken}. I displayed them on a bed of Chow Mein Noodles to add a little texture but also for snacking.

And, here is The Dragon Puppet. I found the pattern over at Craft Jr. and simply printed him out on cardstock paper and used my son’s Prisma colored pencils to color him. I love to color, it’s so relaxing! To make him into a puppet, I simply cut out the head and tail, added a strip of red construction paper about 1 1/2 inches wide, and glued on wooded skewers. And he’s sitting in a bowl with Fried Rice.

I think these would be a perfect activity for the kids to work on too. Even if it’s not for a Chinese New Year Celebration, it will keep them busy for quite awhile.

I’ll be sharing the details on the Party Favors tomorrow, so stay tuned for those. The drinks are orange juice mixed with Sprite, served in a wine glass and garnished with an candied orange slice on a skewer.

Update: Directions for the Party Favors

And for dessert…Dragon Cupcakes! I shared all the instructions on Cupcake Tuesday.

According to Feng Shui Forecast, “the year 2012 holds much promise and may be a major transition in your life. Whether it turns out extremely good, or really bad, will depend on how you ride the mighty Water Dragon!”

Hmmm…what do you think? I hope I can ride the Water Dragon well, so any transition in my life turns out good.

Be sure to come back tomorrow {Thursday} for a fun Chinese New Year Giveaway and the Party Favors!

Steamy Kitchen shares more traditional Chinese New Recipes and ideas, from 2011 and 2012.

Linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Saturday Night Special, Made by you Monday

Dragon Cupcakes: Chinese New Year

By | Birthday Cupcakes, Celebration Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Kid Friendly/Special Events, Special Celebration Cupcakes, Special Events | 8 Comments

Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so glad to have you! I have updated the Cupcake Heaven page, there are over 150 designs and recipes!

Over the weekend, Doug and I put together a fun Chinese New Year Celebration for you. Most of the week, we will be sharing the recipes, decorating and crafts we made. We also have a giveaway on Thursday, so stay tuned for that!

These Dragon Cupcakes were the perfect addition to the Chinese New Year Celebration. They would also be great for a dragon lovin’ kiddo’s birthday party. I used bright colors, but you could certainly change the colors to fit the birthday theme.

He looks difficult, but after you break it down, it’s very easy. Let me show you…

Dragon Cupcake Tail

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Using the bag fitted with #10 Tip and yellow frosting, pipe on tail
  3. At the base of the tail {where it meets the body} add a few more dots to make it a little thicker
  4. Pipe on the “spikes” with the #352 leaf tip and blue frosting

Dragon Cupcake Body

  1. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with orange frosting
  2. Pipe on small dots, 2-3 rows on one side of each cupcake, making sure that you are connecting the rows
  3. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with yellow frosting
  4. Pipe on the remainder of the cupcake
  5. Add a #352 leaf tip to the decorator bag with blue frosting
  6. Add “spikes” to the top of one row of orange

Dragon Cupcake Head

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Fit a decorator bag with a giant round tip and fill with blue icing
  3. Pipe on a large circle for the head
  4. Change blue frosting bag to a #12 tip, pipe on snout
  5. Add the nostrils with a #3 Tip, I used a lighter shade of blue for the nostrils
  6. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with red frosting
  7. Pipe on the horns and tongue
  8. Add #352 Leaf Tip to the blue frosting and add the ears
  9. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with white frosting
  10. Pipe on the eyes and add a couple jumbo sprinkles or other candy
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Dragon Cupcakes

Make these fun Dragon Cupcakes from HoosierHomemade.com to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Ingredients

  • 8 {or more} regular size cupcakes – I used Orange Flavor Cupcakes {recipe from Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter }
  • Decorator Icing or your favorite frosting
  • Decorator Tips Giant Round, #12 {round}, #10 {round}, #3 {small round}, #352 {leaf}
  • Decorator bags and couplers
  • Coloring – Sky blue, No-Taste Red, Orange, Buttercup Yellow, Leaf Green
  • 2 dark colored jumbo sprinkles for the eyes

Instructions

  1. Color icing and fill bags
  2. Place cupcakes together to form dragon

Dragon Body

  1. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with orange frosting
  2. Pipe on small dots, 2-3 rows on one side of each cupcake, making sure that you are connecting the rows
  3. Add a #10 tip to the decorator bag with yellow frosting
  4. Pipe on the remainder of the cupcake
  5. Add a #352 leaf tip to the decorator bag with blue frosting
  6. Add “spikes” to the top of one row of orange

Dragon Tail

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Using the bag fitted with #10 Tip and yellow frosting, pipe on tail
  3. At the base of the tail {where it meets the body} add a few more dots to make it a little thicker
  4. Pipe on the “spikes” with the #352 leaf tip and blue frosting

Dragon Head

  1. Frost cupcake with green icing and smooth
  2. Fit a decorator bag with a giant round tip and fill with blue icing
  3. Pipe on a large circle for the head
  4. Change blue frosting bag to a #12 tip, pipe on snout
  5. Add the nostrils with a #3 Tip, I used a lighter shade of blue for the nostrils
  6. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with red frosting
  7. Pipe on the horns and tongue
  8. Add #352 Leaf Tip to the blue frosting and add the ears
  9. Add a #3 Tip to the bag with white frosting
  10. Pipe on the eyes and add a couple jumbo sprinkles or other candy

We kicked off the Chinese New Year Celebration with Orange Mango Chicken yesterday. It has amazing flavor, and is a quick and easy meal for anytime, not just for the Chinese New Year.

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